Step off the usual tourist trail and do something totally different. You enter Katla´s glacier, Kötlujökull, through a truly magical ‘gateway’ as blue & black ice-walls stand like sentinels on either side of you. Inside this ice-dome you will feel you are in a magical Hollywood scene.
Duration: ~3 hours
Departure time: 10:00, 11:30, 13:45 & 15:00
Available: All year
Age limit: 6 years
- Scenic Super Jeep Ride
- View over Myrdalsjokull Glacier
- Visit to a Natural Ice Cave
- Epic Landscapes & Scenery
- Expert info on the ice cave
- Super Jeep ride to the glacier
- Visit a natural ice cave in Kötlujökull glacier
- A specialist glacier/ice cave guide
- Crampons for walking on the ice
Meeting Location The meeting point is at the parking lot behind the Icewear Magasin building in Vik. The guide will be standing in the parking lot in front of the Ice Cave Restaurant with an Arctic Adventures sign by a Super Jeep with an Arctic Adventures sign in the window.
If you need a pick-up from Reykjavik please see our other tour:
The Ice Cave under the Volcano from Reykjavík
Step off the usual tourist trail and do something totally different. You enter Katla´s glacier, Kötlujökull, through a truly magical ‘gateway’ of blue/black ice-walls.
Kötlujökull, the outlet glacier which is home to this unbelievably stunning ice cave, is part of the majestic and very famous Mýrdalsjökull glacier. The name, Kötlujökull, serves to remind us that the capricious volcano, Katla, has its home beneath this icecap. The twin elements of Mýrdalsjökulls ice and Katla´s infernal fire have certainly combined to create a stupendous wonder of nature. On this really exciting Super Jeep tour we take you to the biggest and the best Katla Ice Cave. Many people are calling this ‘Katla´s Ice Cave Dome’, stepping in through the glorious but totally natural entrance you will understand why.
Your tour starts at Vík (about 2.5 hours driving time from Reykjavík) where you will meet everyone onboard the tough Super Jeep. To begin with we travel in an easterly direction, however, before long we turn off Highway 1 for the incredibly exciting journey to Kötlujökull. Leaving signs of habitation far behind us we traverse the roughest tracks, always heading for the root of the magnificent Kötlujökull glacier - this outback journey through mountain scenery is an exhilarating adventure in itself!
The kind of sights that will greet you when we stop at the base of Kötlujökull glacier are not so easy to portray in words. Your first impression will be of stripe upon stripe of differently colored ice forming stunning layers in the glacial ice. You gaze is then likely to fall upon an opening in the glacier, rather like the entrance to a magical fairytale world. This is a totally stunning and unearthly place. Visiting the Katla Ice Cave is a totally mesmerizing, and also an educational experience. Your guide will share the fascinating history of the ice cave with you, together with some interesting facts about the glacier and the surrounding area.
When we step out of the cave we will take a look around and see if there are any accessible little ice caves. The drive back to Vík will give you a whole new vantage point on some incredible vistas, in winter the sun will sink behind the mountains giving a wonderful sunset. On this tour you should keep your camera to hand!
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The Ice Cave Beneath the Volcano - From Vik - Rated 4.8/5 based on 12 customer reviews
Simply perfect !5 by Mel 2018-03-24
Great tour!5 by Canadians 2018-04-02
Katla Ice Cave Tour5 by Matej Glavac 2018-03-29
Great experience5 by David 2018-04-18
Great Tour of a Beautiful Location4 by Marium 2018-11-26
Great Tour5 by Johndinca 2018-11-27
The Archetypal Iceland Tour5 by T Austin 2018-12-06
Great trip, even if the Ice Cave itself was a little small4 by Jon 2018-12-17
Ice Cave5 by Clive 2018-12-17
Awesome tour, great guide!5 by Cait 2018-12-17
Disclaimer: Ice caves are an ever-changing phenomenon and highly dependent on weather conditions. Therefore, we reserve the right to alter or cancel the tour if conditions are not safe.